Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (150)

Micheál Martin

Ceist:

150. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Finance if he has met with the Taoiseach to discuss tax strategy proposals outside and separately from Cabinet meetings since January 2019. [34407/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Finance)

As Minister for Finance I meet the Taoiseach both on a regular and an as-required basis and these meetings cover a range of relevant topics, including taxation issues.

As regards tax strategy, the Deputy will be aware that the Tax Strategy Group papers have just been published online. The Tax Strategy Group is in place since the early 1990s and is chaired by my Department with membership comprising senior officials and political advisers from a number of civil service departments and offices. Papers on various options for tax policy changes are prepared annually by officials. The Tax Strategy Group is not a decision-making body and the papers produced are simply a list of options and issues to be considered in the budgetary process.